Fifty votes. That’s how many times Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare. All 50 times Congress’ egregious waste of time died in the Senate. They then tried to defund the law through the spending process, resulting in the disastrous government shutdown debacle. Legal challenges taken all the way to the Supreme Court have also failed.
New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s desk-pounder still has that new gavel smell, yet in an interview on Face The Nation on Sunday, he stated he wanted to look at and consider an Obamacare replacement.
When asked during the interview what ‘policy risk’ he would pursue, Ryan responded
I think we should say what Obamacare replacement looks like. People don’t like Obamacare. Members of Congress don’t like Obamacare. Most of us in the majority, we all voted against this. But I think if you take a look at the premiums, if you take a look at the fact that decisions are being taken away from patients and their doctors, the people are starving for an alternative to this vision.
Has he read the Obamacare polls lately? Seen the studies which show the ACA is improving the health and lives of millions? Or is he simply listening to the divisive influences in his own party – the ones on the far right to whom he sold his soul to be Speaker of the House?
What’s that old definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?
I think we’re there, folks.
Watch Ryan lie his face off as he describes how “the people” hate Obamacare:
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